Curriculum Vitae

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Last updated: February 12, 2019

Kimberly Huynh

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
202 O'Brien Hall
Berkeley, CA 94709
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Education

Ph.D. (Expected 2020)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Advisor: Dr. Evan Variano

Master of Science (2014)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Course Specialization: Energy and Sustainability
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Bachelor of Science (2014), completed the Honors Program
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Honors Thesis: Visualizing dissolved oxygen concentration in groundwater flow using pressure sensitive paint
Advisor: Dr. Aaron Packman

Research Experience

Graduate Student Researcher (2015 - Present)
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Advisor: Dr. Evan Variano
Currently investigating the role of surface water flows on gas fluxes from wetlands.

NSF East Asia Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship (2015)
Institute of Environmental Science and Research
Christchurch, New Zealand
Advisors: Dr. Aaron Packman, Murray Close
Tested the efficacy of sonication on improving biofilm removal from aquifers.

Murphy Institute Scholar (2011 - 2014)
Northwestern University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Evanston, IL
Advisor: Dr. Aaron Packman
Developed a novel method for measuring dissolved oxygen concentration in a model groundwater system using tools more commonly used in aerospace engineering.

Great Lakes Summer Fellowship (2014)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)
Ann Arbor, MI
Advisors: Dr. Eric Anderson and Dr. Dimitry Beletsky
Created data visualizations of hydrodynamic information from Lake Erie.

Project Manager (2011 - 2014)
Engineers for a Sustainable World at Northwestern University
Evanston, IL and Santiago, Chile
Advisor: Dr. Aaron Packman
Designed and prototyped drinking water treatment units for use in northern Chile.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (2013)
University of California, Berkeley, Department of Civil/Environmental Engineering
Berkeley, CA
Advisor: Dr. Kara Nelson
Examined the efficacy of iron-amended soil on pathogen removal from stormwater runoff.

Teaching Experience

  • January - May 2016: Co-instructor, University of California, Berkeley (Supervisor: Dr. Evan Variano). Teaching assistant for Writing Fluidly About Flow. Devised course material, graded assignments, and occasionally lectured.

  • August - December 2015: Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley (Supervisor: Dr. Evan Variano). Teaching assistant for CEE 100: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. Led discussion sections, held office hours, and graded assignments.

  • August 2013: Summer Fellowship Coordinator, Engineers for a Sustainable World. Developed month-long curriculum on environmental sustainability for six undergraduate students. Advised student projects (e.g. constructing a campus rain garden and designing a solar-powered charging station).

Publications

  1. Huynh K, Packman A, "Visualizing dissolved oxygen concentration in groundwater flow using
    pressure sensitive paint (PSP)", Scientia (University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Journal),
    Abstract, 2014.

  2. Song J, Au K, Huynh K, Packman A, "Biofilm responses to smooth flow fields and chemical gradients in novel microfluidic flow cells", Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2014.

Posters

  1. Huynh K, Suvocarev K, Reavis C, Reba M, Runkle B, Variano E, "The role of surface water flow in gas fluxes from a subtropical rice field", Poster session presented at: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2016 Dec 13; San Francisco, CA USA.

  2. Huynh K, Suvocarev K, Reavis C, Reba M, Runkle B, Variano E, "Hydrodynamic transport of methane through the water column in wetlands", Poster session presented at: Graduate Climate Conference, 2016 Dec 30; Pack Forest, WA USA.

  3. Huynh K, Inglis A, Webber J, Weaver L, Abraham P, Packman A, Close M, "Influence of depth on enhancing biofilm extraction from aquifers through in-situ sonication", Poster session presented at: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2015 Dec 14; San Francisco, CA USA.

  4. Huynh K, Salus A, Xie M, Roche, K, Packman, A, "Measuring spatial and temporal heterogeneity
    of dissolved oxygen in streambed sediments using pressure sensitive paint (PSP)", Poster session presented at: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2014 Dec 17; San Francisco, CA USA.

  5. Huynh K, Packman A, "Visualizing dissolved oxygen concentration in groundwater flow using pressure sensitive paint (PSP)", Oral presentation session presented at: Northwestern University Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2014 Jun 1; Evanston, IL USA.

  6. Huynh K, Packman A, "Visualizing dissolved oxygen concentration in groundwater flow using pressure sensitive paint (PSP)", Poster session presented at: Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2014 Apr 5; Chicago, IL USA.

  7. Huynh K, Packman A, "Visualizing dissolved oxygen concentration in groundwater flow using pressure sensitive paint (PSP)", Poster session presented at: Illinois Section American Waterworks Association WaterCON, 2014 Mar 18; Springfield, IL USA.

  8. Huynh K, Velazquez E, Gardner A, Packman A, "Project Thirst: Bringing Safe, Clean Water to
    the Driest Place on Earth", Poster session presented at: Northwestern Global Health Symposium,
    2013 Feb 12; Evanston, IL USA.

Media Coverage

“`The Grad Activist: Resources for Science Advocacy." Inside Higher Ed. 2018 Nov 20.

"Engineers for a Sustainable World Students Conduct Water Research in Chile." Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering News. 2011 Sep 19.

Selected Awards

Grants

Mentorship

  • Graduate Volunteer, Asian Pacific American Student Development, 2017 - 2018

  • Volunteer Mentor, YWCA High School Shadow Day, 2017

  • Programming Sub-committee, Bay Area Graduate Pathways Symposium, 2016

  • Graduate Student Mentor, Bay Area Graduate Pathways Symposium, 2015

  • Alumni Mentor, Chicago Public Schools, 2014

Science Outreach and Leadership

  • STEMVotes Team Leader, Science Policy Group at Berkeley, 2018 - Present

  • Team Leader, Bay Area Scientists in Schools, 2017 - 2018

  • Seminar Coordinator, Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, 2016 - 2017

  • Demonstration Instructor, California Academy of Sciences NightLife, 2017

  • Demonstration Volunteer, Lawrence Hall of Science, 2017

  • Writer, Berkeley Science Review, 2016

  • Volunteer Workshop Leader, Northern California Girl Scouts Engineering Fun Day, 2016

  • Programming Sub-committee Member, Bay Area Graduate Pathways Symposium, 2016

  • Graduate Student Mentor, Bay Area Graduate Pathways Symposium, 2015

  • Alumni Mentor, Chicago Public Schools, 2014

Community Outreach

Software Proficiency

  • Programming Languages: MATLAB, Python

  • Prototyping and Design: Raspberry Pi, Arduino, NX, Solidworks

  • Image Processing: ImageJ, Adobe Lightroom

  • Communication: LaTeX, Microsoft Office Suite